Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Despite Record Numbers, Polar Bears Now 'Threatened'

Moonbattery has enveloped the Bush Administration, as they've made the absurd move of listing polar bears as threatened in spite of recent news that they're now at record numbers.
The U.S. government has decided to list polar bears as a threatened species under its Endangered Species Act — a decision that could deal a severe blow to the lucrative sport hunt in Canada's North.

The decision follows concerns from scientists that two-thirds of the polar bears could disappear by mid-century because of sea ice loss due to global warming.
This is a lose-lose. The eco-nuts are going to flip out since they won't be listed as endangered and the Republicans continue to lose credibility by giving credence to this global warming nonsense.

Just get a load of this drivel.
Not content to sit back and let global warming slowly melt the polar ice cap - forcing the drowning and starvation of polar bears - the Bush administration (along with six oil companies) has, it seems, declared all-out war on the species. Not only has the White House refused to place polar bears on the list of endangered species, it has also opened the Chukchi Sea (an important habitat of the species), and is trying to open the Beaufort Sea (another important habitat) to oil drilling.

Faux conservative pundit Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" must be positively giddy over this news. After all, as he often says, bears are "godless killing machines" (as opposed to the Bush administration, who might aptly be referred to as "God-fearing killing machines").
Dude, step away from the crackpipe already.

Despite the evidence of record numbers of polar bears, the left still demagogues and lies with impunity.
"We are now beginning to see declines in a number of populations of polar bears, and that's because of global warming," says John Kostyack of the National Wildlife Federation. "Effectively, the polar bears are starving."
No amount of evidence will ever get through to these morons. Which begs the question: Why does anyone pay attention to them?

Update: Kempthorne claims it's not about global warming. Good luck with that.
Notwithstanding the secretary's disclaimers, this is the first time the Endangered Species Act has been used to protect a species threatened by the impacts of global warming. There has been concern within the business community that such an action could have far-reaching impact and could be used to regulate carbon dioxide.

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